By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Four Boise State football players, including quarterback Kellen Moore, have been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl next month in Mobile, Ala., according to a source.
The other three invitees are tailback Doug Martin, safety George Iloka and defensive tackle Billy Winn.
It’s possible more players could be invited, with offensive lineman Nate Potter and defensive ends Shea McClellin and Tyrone Crawford the most likely.
The Senior Bowl, which is Jan. 28, expects to begin announcing its rosters next week. The game is the premier all-star showcase for NFL prospects. The North and South teams are coached by NFL staffs and the practices are attended by scouts, coaches and personnel executives from around the league.
Boise State has only had five Senior Bowl participants in school history — wide receiver Titus Young (NFL second-round pick, 2011), wide receiver Austin Pettis (third round, 2011), cornerback Kyle Wilson (first round, 2010), offensive lineman Daryn Colledge (second round, 2006) and offensive lineman Matt Hill (fifth round, 2002).
Last year’s Senior Bowl quarterbacks were Colin Kaepernick (second round), Jake Locker (first), Ricky Stanzi (fifth), Andy Dalton (second), Greg McElroy (seventh) and Christian Ponder (first). McElroy is on injured reserve but the rest are on active rosters and Dalton and Ponder are starters.
Other senior quarterbacks who could be selected include Russell Wilson of Wisconsin, Case Keenum of Houston, Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State, Kirk Cousins of Michigan State, Nick Foles of Arizona, Ryan Lindley of San Diego State and Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M.
Mel Kiper Jr. ranks the senior quarterbacks like this: Foles, Tannehill, Weeden, Cousins, Lindley.
Boise State will be the home team for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.